Copperplate writing instruction

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Excerpt from a manual of handwriting. Explains to teachers how to teach handwriting.

At school in the 1880s, all students learnt Copperplate handwriting. Starting from their first day where they practised their alphabet on slates perched on their knees, students had writing instruction. Being the main form of communication at the time, it was considered to be of great importance. This page from an 1887 writing instruction book shows how the complex upper case ‘D’ was taught.